Quacks and Nostrums
Shows the ways in which medical quacks dupe the consumer and the steps taken by local and federal agencies to protect the public. A young man grows concerned at his mother's fascination with a local alternative medicine practitioner. Skeptical of the practitioner's healing claims, he seeks confirmation of his beliefs from medical and public health professionals, and begins to conspire with them against his mother. Typical of medically motivated critiques of unconventional medicine, this film also recalls the anticommunist witchhunts of the fifties.
- 2002-07-16 00:00:00
- Closed captioning
- United States
- Run time
Subject: Medical Propaganda Film
Subject: herbal teas
Subject: Part of the HEALTH FOR EFFECTIVE LIVING series
One of several McGraw Hill Book Co, Inc. "Textfilms" made by Crawley Films of Ottawa Canada. Other films in this series are: CHOOSING A DOCTOR; COMMUNITY HEALTH IS UP TO YOU; MAKING LIFE ADJUSTMENTS; SHOULD YOU DRINK?
After production was completed, McGraw Hill did unfortunately acquire the original elements for all their Crawley productions, and years later they all were discarded, lost destroyed - whatever term you wish to use.
Unlike most sponsored business film companies that wasn't the case for the majority of the Crawley films. Over 30,000 cans are stored at the Library and Archives Canada, along with a large collection of production files and stills. Many of these can only be seen on site by appointment.
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Its exceedly rare that such files have been saved anywhere for these types of films.
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Subject: " Quacks and Nostrums "
Subject: Quack quack quack
Subject: The best medicine is white medicine!
Leaping into action, Larry visits the FDA, FTC, and the family doctor (who mentions the AMA about fifty times) to find out what can be done about quack doctors. The FDA guy sniffs the tea and can tell Larry exactly what's in it, but spends most of his time reading his lines off the desk.
Presents the quaint notion that quacks are only after your money, but doctors, I guess, work in abject poverty as men of Science.
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